On his first day in Abu Dhabi preparing for the final grand prix of the Formula 1 season, Ben Howard walked down the pitlane to a hero's welcome.
"All my friends in other teams called out 'How are we doing champ?', 'Well done mate!' and they were all shaking my hand," says Howard. "It was mega."
The previous Saturday, the number one mechanic on Sergey Sirotkin's Williams FW41 had achieved a lifetime's ambition.